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Sens Need Secondary Scoring Help

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

• I know this topic comes up in every bar, coffee shop, and illegal massage parlor in the National Capital Region, but it needs to repeated…emphasized…SCREAMED!  Alfredsson, Spezza, and Heatley have accounted for 53% of Ottawa’s goals this season.  That’s the highest percentage for one team’s top three in the entire NHL.  Secondary scoring is not a problem in Ottawa, it is THE problem.  It has replaced goaltending as the team’s greatest crisis, and fatal flaw.

• You are the NHL guru of your office (or school), right?  You know it all.  You are the next Liam Maguire.  Allrighty then, name the NHL team the following goalies play for (they’ve all appeared in games this season):

a)John Curry
b)Ben Bishop
c)Dan Lacosta
d)Peter Mannino

read on

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Senators Waive Luke Richardson

From CBC:

The Ottawa Senators waived Luke Richardson on Thursday, a move that could end the big defenceman’s lengthy NHL career.

If Richardson, 39, isn’t claimed by another club by noon ET on Friday, he can be sent down to the Senators’ AHL affiliate in Binghamton. But at his age, the six-foot-three, 214-pound blue-liner isn’t expected to accept a minor-league assignment.

One of the oldest players in the NHL, Richardson has been a healthy scratch for most of this season.

continued…

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  Tags: luke+richardson, waivers

Senators Have A Few Options

from Jeffrey Simpson of the Globe and Mail,

The team’s options, broadly defined, are clear. The first — the one likely to be chosen — is to patch and paste through trades in a desperate attempt to stumble into the playoffs again in order to sell seats in the Canadian market with the smallest season-ticket base.

The second is to blow up the team, as the Maple Leafs are doing, in the knowledge that this Senators team, even an improved version of it, will never again threaten for the Stanley Cup. That window for this group is shut, and every honest fan knows it.

The start-again strategy would require a new general manager. One intriguing choice would be Steve Yzerman, who played some hockey before turning professional in Ottawa and is popular in the city.

A longer shot would be Pierre McGuire, once an assistant coach at Ottawa and now a TSN analyst. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things hockey, knows the team inside out and understands the Ottawa market.

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Pondering the Senators

Will it come to this for the Ottawa Senators? Cute.

For a more in-depth look at the Senators this week, check out SENShobo from earlier today, Rod Brodie at the Ottawa Senators.com site, plus some fire-sale rumors being discussed at the Sens Army blog.  (Apparently there are people in the universe that think trading Daniel Alfredsson is a reasonable plan after just weeks after signing him to a 4-year contract extension. The mind boggles.)

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson

Teams Looking At Ottawa For Defensive Help

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While Murray has been doing a lot of talking, indications are he’s not being offered a whole lot in return for the likes of Christoph Schubert and Antoine Vermette.

Sources say several teams—including Florida, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Los Angeles, Minnesota, St. Louis, Anaheim and Vancouver—are looking for blueliners.

Schubert is an attractive commodity, but teams don’t offer much in return when the other side is losing and looking vulnerable.

If the Senators fail to halt their six-game skid today, the pressure to make changes will intensify with the Senators at the bottom of the Eastern Conference nearing the quarter-pole.

You will notice I avoided the Sundin talk from this story, but you can read more about it if you wish…

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Questioning Ottawa

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

• The issue is how long Senators owner Eugene Melnyk will tolerate an underachieving team? Will Bryan Murray trade (not easy) Jason Spezza? (Edmonton is said to be a possibility.) Will Murray go the Tampa route and can Craig (Hardly Inspirational) Hartsburg? How safe is Murray? The Sens are home Thursday (Montreal) and Saturday (Rangers). By Sunday Melnyk will have had enough time to pick his route; especially if his club is in a rout!

• Has it dawned on any of the Ottawa genius fans who booed Wade Redden that his absence is one reason why their Senators are plumbing the NHL depths?

more hockey topics from Stan…

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Expectations Sinking For Senators

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

If you think the Canadiens are in a funk, thank your lucky stars you’re not an Ottawa Senators fan.

The Senators awoke yesterday to discover they have the worst record in the Eastern Conference and the second-worst in the National Hockey League.

It’s not a pleasant place to be for a group accustomed to being regarded as a Stanley Cup contender.

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Top 10 Duos in the NHL

John Grigg at The Hockey News lists out his top-10 favorite NHL duos he enjoys watching play:

10. Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley
•  These guys aren’t having the best start to the year, but there’s few purer snipers in the league than Heatley and even fewer set-up men as slick as Spezza.

9. Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen
•  This is a relatively new duo, especially with ‘The Mule’ having been hurt most of the year. But Zetterberg is magic with the puck and Franzen is a bull with hands. Together the two are dangerous whenever they’re on the ice.

read on

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Senators Lose Fisher & Neil

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators centre Mike Fisher is expected to miss two weeks with strained right knee ligaments, it was announced after practice this morning.

The news is worse on Chris Neil.

The rugged right winger will have arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. It’s not yet known how long Neil will be out of the lineup.

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  Tags: chris+neil, mike+fisher

Ohlund Talk Won’t Stop

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators could be stepping up their pursuit of defenceman Mattias Ohuld (Ohlund).

Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis and assistant Lawrence Gilman were on the list of scouts for last night’s Senators-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden and GM Bryan Murray hasn’t made any secret of the fact he’s looking for a puck-moving defenceman.

While the Gillis’ Canucks were playing across town on Long Island, it’s believed contract talks with Ohlund have been fruitless and if they continue to go nowhere, he might be asked to waive his no-movement clause to accept a deal elsewhere.

read on plus more Ottawa notes…

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  Tags: mattias+ohlund

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